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The U.S. Constitution, 2nd Edition by Timothy Harper

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CHAPTER6

The First Amendment: Freedom of Expression

In This Chapter

  • Freedom of religion
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of the press
  • Freedom of assembly
  • Freedom to petition

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the framers argued vehemently over whether their new Constitution needed provisions that specifically protected individual rights.

On one hand, the anti-Federalists ...

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